Vanguard (Lagos)

30 June 2012

Nigeria: Elijah Lauds Eagles'/Arsenal Friendly

Saudi '89 silver winning Flying Eagle star, Samuel Elijah has welcomed the proposed Super Eagles friendly against Arsenal in August. The former Super Eagles defender who made his mark in the Nigerian league said it would help the home lads to prepare well enough before their next qualifiers.

"It is a good game for the team most especially, the home lads to get more experience. More so, it will serve as a good preparation for the team's next qualifiers. Arsenal is one of the best teams in the world; therefore, nobody should play down the tie for any reason whatsoever," Elijah said.

On the progress in the rebuilding process of the Eagles, the former Kwara United defender stated that Keshi is on track, adding that he is following the footsteps of his former coach, Clemens Westerhof.

He expressed joy over the stop of automatic shirt given to foreign players in the past. "I believe that the present crop of players in the team are talented and want to make name for themselves which in-turn, takes the country to her desired height as we enjoyed when we were young stars during the time of Clemens Westerhof.

"What excites me most is the removal of automatic shirt. This has actually brought competitiveness into the team, making the foreign lads to sit up. I have to be sincere with you, Keshi is doing a good job which can't just be ignored. I am sure he (Keshi) is on the right part and will not fail if we give him the necessary support," Elijah added.

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